Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are rapidly spreading throughout hospitals in the southeastern United States, according to a new study published in the current issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Medical experts warn that the findings should serve as a “wake up call” about a serious issue that threatens hospitals and nursing homes across the nation.

The five-year research project tracked a cluster of 25 community hospitals located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that infections due to the potentially deadly germs known as CRE — which are virtually untreatable with our current antibiotics — increased by 500 percent in those hospitals between 2008 and 2012. And they say their new report probably underestimates the recent rise of CRE. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog